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Burn Center Golf Invitational Has Now Raised Over $2.2 Million

Article modified from Dan Gengler’s article in January 2017 edition of the PFFCWF Newsletter:

The 28th annual Burn Center Golf Invitational (BCGI) was hosted on August 29, 2016 and was another great success with more than $87,000 raised. The BCGI Steering Committee thanks all for their support and attendance.

It was a great day and evening at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Under sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures, 160 golfers hit the Brute and Highland courses of the complex. That evening, the banquet hall was filled with those focused on positively changing lives of those tragically burned or helping programs that help prevent the horrors of fire and burn scenarios.

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation received $46,900 to support the patients and staff of the medical center’s burn unit in Milwaukee, and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) Alliance for Fire Safety received $20,000 for burn survivor programming.

A check in the amount of $5,000 was given to the 19th annual Newspapers in Education fire safety school outreach program, carried out by the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) Alliance for Fire Safety. The project reaches 350,000 fourth-grade through eighth-grade students in approximately 2,200 Wisconsin schools.

After hearing speeches from Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Regional Burn Center Medical Director Dr. Nicholas Meyer and burn survivor Michael Wagner, an additional $10,000 Fund-A-Cause auction item finished funding the Lemenis UltraPulse CO2 laser tool that reduces patient scarring.

The committee, sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA-WI), also allocated $5,000 of the 2016 BCGI proceeds to a NFSA-WI Fire Sprinkler Education Account to help sponsor fire sprinkler training for fire service personnel.

The first-ever Ray Malek Award, named after the man who made the BCGI a success, was introduced at the 2016 BCGI banquet and presented by Ray’s son, Darrel. The intent of the award is to recognize those who have been pivotal supporters and contributed greatly throughout the history of the golf outing. First-year recipients included Gregg Huennekens, Bruce LaRue, David Malek and Don Smith. The award will be displayed in the Burn Center Family Lounge of the Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center.

The 2016 Burn Center Golf Invitational was another outstanding event, from every golf shot, bite of food, fun and friendship made or renewed. The combined total for the outing has now reached $2.2 million.

Join those helping others on August 28, 2017, at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa for another great event.


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